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Preseason Top 25 Rankings: #23 FSU Seminoles

FSU QB Christian Ponder enters his 3rd year as the starter. (Photo by

25. Houston Cougars
24. Washington Huskies

23. Florida State Seminoles

For the first time since 1975, Florida State will have someone different than Bobby Bowden at the head coaching position. After finishing his last season with the program in 2009, Athletic Director Randy Spetman promoted Bowden’s successor, Jimbo Fisher to head coach.

Fisher has been a part of FSU’s staff since the 2007 season where he was brought in for this exact purpose — to take over when Bowden was to leave. Previous to FSU, Fisher helped bring two National Championships to LSU with the Tigers.

Offensively, Coach Fisher will go as far as QB Christian Ponder takes him. The rising senior is entering his third season as the team’s No. 1 signal caller. Ponder had a much improved 2009 season from what was in 2008. He saw his interception numbers drop from 13, in 2008, to seven last season. More impressive, however, was Ponder’s completion percentage.

Ponder completed 69 percent of his passes in 2009, a number that was just 55 percent a year prior. It will be interesting to see how Ponder reacts in 2010 after seperating his shoulder against Clemson last season.

After mediocrity over the last seven years, FSU is looking to regain prominence once again.

With a favorable home schedule that includes: North Carolina, Clemson, Boston College, and Wake Forest, FSU will be in prime position to climb up the polls.

FSU also benefits by having a very strong 2010 recruiting class.

Fisher and co. signed No. 1 ranked CB LaMarcus Joyner along with fellow 5-star Jeff Luc. Add on a class that features nine 4-star prospects as well, and FSU is properly building for the future.

There’s no denying that Coach Bowden was the face of FSU and will forever be. However, sometimes change is a good thing.

And it’s change that FSU sought out and needed.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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